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African prelates pay tribute to Pope Paul VI

August 07, 2012

Five leading African prelates, including four cardinals, paid tribute to Pope Paul VI during a August 1-2 conference at the Catholic University for Eastern Africa in Kenya.

Over 300 were in attendance at the conference.

“One of his first major papal acts was in 1964, when he canonized the Uganda martyrs in St. Peter’s Basilica,” recalled Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. “During the ceremony he delivered a powerful homily that was the first shot in his later ever-growing interest and confidence in the Church of Africa. The canonization of the martyrs of Uganda was indeed a great morale booster for the Church in Africa at that period when Africa was emerging from colonialism.”


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